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Creating A Capsule Wardrobe

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Can you believe that I actually started working on my Capsule Wardrobe? I know-I know, I said I was going to do this last year, but I did not realize the amount of thought, time, and strategy that it would take to create a capsule wardrobe.  Now don’t get too excited, I am just in the beginning stages of planning but it is a start.  I thought I would share my process with you in this new blog series.  People make it look so easy to create but for me not so much.

So What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?

It is a collection of clothes and accessories that include only items considered essential.  What is considered essential will vary from individual to individual.  A lot of popular bloggers tend to lean more towards a certain number of items to have, but that is not my style.  I am going to create my number of essentials that I need in my wardrobe.

Why Do I Want To Create A Capsule Wardrobe?

I often do quite a bit of shopping.  I think social media and magazines often brainwash us to think that we need to have a lot of clothes, and I don’t believe that to be true anymore.  I want quality items in my wardrobe that I actually love and wear.  Mostly, I wanted to become more aware of what I was purchasing and how much money I was wasting.  There are some things in my closet that I bought that have never been worn (that is ridiculous).  I don’t want to live a life that is full of excess and waste.  I want to be more conscious about what I’m buying, where I’m buying products from, and why I’m buying it.  My husband and I are moving towards a more minimal lifestyle and starting with my wardrobe is my first step.

What Steps Am I Taking To Create My Capsule Wardrobe?

  • Step 1: Declutter my closet and remove all clothing that I no longer wear.
  • Step 2: Donate clothing to the thrift store and host a closet sale.
  • Step 3: Make a list of the items that I need in my wardrobe.
  • Step 4: Track the various ways that I can pair the items in my wardrobe.
  • Step 5: Evaluate my failures and successes with creating a capsule wardrobe.

What Will My Color Pallette Be?

My color palette will be mostly neutral.

Colors Included:

  • black
  • nude
  • white
  • grey
  • pink/red
  • blue denim
  •  olive green (maybe)

These are all colors that I can mix-n-match within my wardrobe, but they are also my favorite colors at the moment. I live for neutrals! 

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Style Inspiration

This summer I am all about minimal style. I only want clothing items in my wardrobe that are simple, chic, and easy to wear!  If I have a special occasion or event, I will make an exception but my everyday attire will be relaxed and comfortable.

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Get Slink Jeans Here

Do you have to stop shopping?

Yes, the goal is to only purchase items for your seasonal wardrobe and to not shop until the next season.  I have a different lifestyle than a lot of other people because I am a fashion blogger, so I will not be limiting myself to a certain number of articles of clothing.  The goal is to only have items in my personal wardrobe that I actually wear and love.  This will reduce the amount of spending that I do on shopping and will make getting dressed much easier.   So for me, I only purchase items that I can wear with multiple items in my wardrobe and the goal is not to shop for my personal wardrobe until the fall (but I have a trip coming up so I may have to break this rule a little to prepare…lol). 

Outfit Categories

I am breaking down my capsule wardrobe into categories.

Here they are:

  • Denim Items (excluding jeans) – Watch my video for this category HERE
  • Jeans – Watch my video for this category HERE
  • Loungewear/Workout gear
  • Formalwear 
  • Shoes/Accessories 
  • Outerwear
  • Everyday Basics (pants/t-shirts/skirts)

I hope you will enjoy this new series on my blog and I will be back with part 2 soon!

 


  • Great tips Kim!!

  • Jocelyn Noelle

    Kim you always tend to be on the same wave length as me! I was just saying I wanted to do this had know clue how to do it and boom I found this at 4 this morning! I’m going to try those Slink jeans also! Great stuff and umm when’s your closet sale ??

  • BayouBookSlayer

    You’ve given me some ideas on how to start my own wardrobe capsule. Thank you.

  • Love this concept! I am constantly binge shopping, and finding myself giving away non-essential items that still have tags on them. Thanks for the tips love! xoxo